- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed the new return dates for SA students
- This comes as Grade 6, 11 and some Grade R students returned to the classroom this week
- Briefly.co.za explores the new back-to-school plan amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Monday saw Grade 6 and 11 students (as well as some Grade Rs) returning to the classroom where they joined their peers in Grade 7 and 12.
Schools closed months ago when Level 5 of the Covid-19 national lockdown was announced and slowly but surely the Department of Education has begun reopening.
Minister Angie Motshekga has now amended the regulations, revealing the dates that children would be allowed to return amid the crisis.
Grade 3 and 10 students will be allowed to return on 20 July, with Grade 1 and 2 expected to return on 27 July.
Grade 4 and 9 students will be heading back on 17 August, with Grade 5 and 8 (the final batch) only returning on 31 August.
However, not all provinces were ready to allow the return of students, with the Eastern Cape government postponing the return of the Grade R, 6 and 11 classes. This comes as the province experiences a steep spike in infections.
In Mpumalanga, some schools have opted to deviate entirely from the plan and welcomed back Grade 1, 3 and 6 students on Monday.
The plan to allow for schools to reopen amid a continued climb in infections has received immense criticism with parents, politicians and lobby groups calling for children to wait out the coming 'storm' at home.
Despite being anxious over her own grandchildren returning to school during this time of uncertainty, Motshekga pointed out that schools cannot remain closed indefinitely.
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